The three-point shooting touch that led to several huge scoring games and made "hibachi" part of the NBA vocabulary has at least temporarily abandoned Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas.
The three-time all-star has made 10 of his past 57 three-point attempts, including a 1-of-8 performance in Tuesday's 112-100 win over Minnesota.
Coach Eddie Jordan said he's not overly concerned.
"I look at the quality of the shot," Jordan said. "And 90 percent have been quality looks and maybe 10 have been fairly contested where you could make an extra pass or get a breakdown dribble and pump fake. But, that's a high percentage."
Even though his three-point touch failed him, Arenas repeatedly broke the Minnesota defense off the dribble. That aggressiveness allowed him to score on several layups and draw fouls. He hit 13 of 15 free throw attempts and finished with 38 points.
"You kind of hope you can contain him or keep him into a jump-shooting game but he attacked the basket tonight," Minnesota Coach Randy Wittman said.
Project Contact AfricaForward Caron Butler donated the shoes he wore in Sunday's All-Star Game to Project Contact Africa, a charity that provides food and medical care in East Africa.
The foundation, headed by former American University star and NBA player Kermit Washington, also is auctioning off autographed game jerseys of several Wizards and other NBA players. For information, visit
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